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Social Skills for Girls with ADD (ADHD)

Not all girls with ADD (ADHD) have social problems. Some girls with ADD (ADHD) are very popular because of their outgoing personality, their energy, or their humor. Many girls with ADD (ADHD), however, struggle to fit in with peers.

A girl with hyperactive/impulsive type ADD (ADHD) may have peer problems because she tends to be bossy or domineering. She may talk too much and interrupt other girls when they try to speak.

By contrast, girls who are primarily inattentive may have peer problems because they are shy or because they have trouble keeping up with the verbal give and take of other girls.

Social Skills/Support Groups for Girls with ADD (ADHD)

One of the most supportive and healing experiences, for females of any age with ADD (ADHD), is to join a group of other females who have the same struggles. Many, for the first time, feel understood and accepted by other females. A girls support group can be a "safe" place to talk about worries and to learn about ADD (ADHD) and ways to manage problems.

  • Check with your school counselor to see if such a group could be formed at your daughter's elementary school.

  • Look for a professional in your community who offers social skills groups for girls with ADD (ADHD). There is growing recognition that many children need help to develop good social skills, and social skills groups for children are more easily found today compared to a number of years ago.

  • If you can't find a group for your daughter, think about working with other mothers to form a group. CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) is a national advocacy group with many local chapters. On the CHADD website,, you can look for the CHADD group nearest you. CHADD is a strictly volunteer organization whose members are parents of children with ADD (ADHD) and adults with ADD (ADHD). By announcing your interest in a girls support group at a CHADD meeting, you are sure to encounter other parents with similar concerns.

Help Your Daughter Improve Her Social Skills at Home

Many parents recognize their daughter's social difficulties, but approach them in a way that only makes their daughter feel worse about herself. Cathi Cohen, a clinical social worker who has specialized in teaching social skills to children for many years, has developed a program to guide parents in positive, constructive ways to support the development of good social skills in their child.

Cohen's approach is a very practical, step-by-step approach that parents and kids can relate to. She gives guidance about ways to practice new skills at home, and then begin to use them at school and with friends. Each skill builds on the one before, helping your daughter to feel more confident.

Resources for parents:

Raise Your Child's Social IQ by Cathi Cohen, LCSW provides easy to follow, step-by-step advice about how to help your daughter develop better social skills.

Understanding Girls with ADHD contains helpful information about social skills issues and other challenges for girls at each stage of development from preschool through high school.


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